Ketton Quarry NR

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is an excellent site for calcareous flower species - an unusual habitat in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species include Bee Orchid, Yellow-wort, Crown Vetch and Autumn Gentian. It is one of the best sites in our area for both Adders and Grass Snakes. Butterflies include Marbled White, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It also supports a colony of Glow-worms.

    Further Information
    Getting There

    Located in eastern Rutland. From the A47 take the A6121 towards Stamford which passes through Ketton. Turn left onto Pit Lane as you leave the village (travelling east) and the reserve is on the left after about 400m.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 536

    Description

    Ketton Quarry is an active limestone quarry, but the reserve is a long worked-out part of the site. It consists of hills, holes and a few rocky outcrops that have been colonised by a wide range of calcareous limestone plants. Parts of the site have become scrubbed over and there is a planted beech wood. The reserve is leased by the Wildlife Trust from Castle Cement and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Agelena labyrinthica03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Ant Damsel BugHimacerus mirmicoides03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Comb-footed SpiderEnoplognatha ovata03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Evarcha falcata03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Heliophanus flavipes03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Linyphia triangularis03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Painted LadyVanessa cardui03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Ploughman's SpikenardInula conyzae03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Tortoise BugEurygaster (cf) testudinaria03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Basil ThymeClinopodium acinos04/07/2019martindgrimes
    Melampsora caprearum03/07/2019roy lemmon
    Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum03/07/2019roy lemmon

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo13/06/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria26/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida08/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus solitarius03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera05/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum13/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius03/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum12/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris21/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii27/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa12/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa12/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae05/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum03/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada ferruginata24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada flava24/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana01/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTwo-coloured Mason BeeOsmia bicolor25/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis08/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica08/05/2016
    BeetlesAgrilus angustulus23/05/2015
    BeetlesAmara familiaris24/04/2010
    BeetlesAnchomenus dorsalis04/05/2014